This is the best beef stew I've ever had! Sometimes beef stew can be kind of bland. I did use most of OLIVERCADO's suggestions (search reviews and sort by most helpful). I used 2 tsp of salt and about 3/4 tsp of pepper. I also added 1 tsp of sage, 2 tsp of parika, and a pinch of dried rosemary to the ziploc bag and tossed the meat in the spices. When cooking the meat, I added 2 tbls of Worchestire sauce. I browned the meat and onions (whole), and put everything (except the potatoes) in my crock pot at 9:00 this morning. Put the meat on bottom of the celery and carrots on top. I threw in the potatoes the last 4 hours. I cooked the stew on low most of the time and high for about an hour or so towards the end. I used all of the beef broth required in the recipe, and it was perfect. I did not add the flour and water at the end. My husband and I truly loved this on a cold winter day. We had cheese biscuits with it (Cheddar Bay Biscuits, also on this site).:-) This is a new favorite!
Date Posted: Feb. 28, 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate